If you are interested in picking up a handheld device this year for gaming purposes, you may be interested to know that the WikiPad is making something of a comeback. After first being unveiled and scheduled to release last year, the Android based tablet was noticeably absent from retailers and online stores. The WikiPad is now back in a new 7-inch format, offering consumers an alternative to the likes of the PS Vita and Razer Edge in the process.
The Razer Edge certainly wowed consumers with their unusual design and multi-function capabilities, but the near $1000 price tag is definitely out of the reach of most average gamers who can’t afford such a luxury item. If you fit into this bracket and don’t really fancy the PS Vita, the WikiPad which runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean may be a great device for you to buy this year.
It is now scheduled to launch in a few months and will have a much more reasonable price tag of $250, compared to the $500 that was originally attached to the 10-inch model last year. The device looks very appealing as you can see from the image above, while gaming performance should be very adequate as well with an NVIDIA Tegra CPU and NVIDIA GPU running the show.
The WikiPad will come with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, but the pleasing aspect is that you can expand on this by putting in an extra MicroSD card. There’s a 2 megapixel camera for video chat, a 4100mAh battery and Micro USB and Micro HDMI outputs for connectivity.
As for gaming content, users who pick up a WikiPad will have access to the Google Play Store and also Sony’s newly setup PlayStation Mobile platform as well – which could allow for some retro classics on the go. For $250, this looks very appealing to us and hopefully we can share a solid release date with you soon.
Are you interested in picking one of these up this year? What are your thoughts on the analogue sticks and button layout?